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A rabbit is for life, not just for Easter

With Easter fast approaching, springtime traditions such as egg hunts and Easter bonnets are in full swing. Alongside this there is of course the ‘Easter Bunny’.

With rabbits being one of the most popular pets in the UK, Easter can often be a time of year where rabbit sales soar. However, many people who purchase rabbits do so on impulse and are unaware of their complex needs which can result in immense suffering and surrender to rescue. This is reflected in statistics from the RSPCA who reported a 28% increase from the previous year of rabbits being taken into their care during 2021.

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International Stress Awareness Week: Can animals prevent stress in university students?

This International Stress Awareness Week we take a look at some of the studies that have taken place with university students to look at the potential stress relieving effects of animal-assisted interventions on this group of people. Research in this area is vital to ensure the wellbeing of both students and animals. #InternationalStressAwarenessWeek #StressAwarenessWeek

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Experiences with Pets Study

Download the flyer here.

Are you 18 years or older?

Do you currently live with a pet?

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information, download the flyer here.

The goal is to develop and validate a measure that is able to capture general pet-related stress. You will be asked to complete an online survey that takes about 10 minutes.

To participate, either scan the QR code in the attached flyer or click on this link.

The research team can be contacted on 804-220-1182 (U.S. only) or via email

Call for Papers: Special issue of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin (HAIB) Animal hospice/ palliative care, euthanasia, and grief/loss related to companion animals Paper submissions due by: January 13, 2022

Authors are invited to submit articles for the special edition of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin on pertinent aspects of hospice/palliative care, euthanasia, or grief/loss related to companion animals.

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2021 SCAS Conference convenes record number of AAI researchers and practitioners from across the globe

We are delighted to announce a record-breaking attendance at our 2021 conference, held online on Sunday 19 September,

Attendees from over twelve countries including the UK, USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Estonia, the Philippines, India, Mexico, Mauritius, Germany, Nigeria and Ghana participated in the virtual event, learning about new research and programmatic advances in key areas of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI).

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